1960's? Murder of Librarian
ooo

London, KY

#41 Apr 15, 2009
does anyone remember a little girl being murdered and found on a strip job site? it would have been about '75 or '76. all i can remember is hearing my mom and mammaw talking about how awful it was. i think they knew the little girl's father. i can remember being five at the time and thinking she was only a year older than me. both my mother and grandmother are gone now and i have often wondered whatever happened with that story. i couldn't remember if they knew who did it or not.
Corbin resident

United States

#42 Apr 15, 2009
ooo wrote:
does anyone remember a little girl being murdered and found on a strip job site? it would have been about '75 or '76. all i can remember is hearing my mom and mammaw talking about how awful it was. i think they knew the little girl's father. i can remember being five at the time and thinking she was only a year older than me. both my mother and grandmother are gone now and i have often wondered whatever happened with that story. i couldn't remember if they knew who did it or not.
It was around 76", Jennifer Halcomb. I think this is right. She would be around 39 years-old because she was a little older than me. Her father and her were murdered then taken from their home on Hwy. 26 near Woodbine to the strip site. The boys that did it are free now, is that justice or what? She would be grown with her own children and they ended her little life. I heard she was also sexually assaulted before her death don't know for sure. The story I have heard is that they had broken into the Halcomb home and stolen some things and was arrested. The man didn't want to press charges but the court did anyway and they were sent to a reform school. When they got out they came to his home and killed him and his daughter.

Their was also a man beat his wife to death in Wilton and is free. I have heard that his mother sat on the porch listening while he killed her. Does anyone know of that?

Then their was the old couple in Lily that lived in a white house across the creek with a bridge. These mean boys harassed them forever then killed them.
ooo

London, KY

#43 Apr 15, 2009
thanks. i remember something about the sexual abuse part too. i don't really want to go into detail about the things i overheard grownups saying because it painted a pretty horrible mental picture for me but i think that's why this story stuck with me for so many years. i was so young but i understood what was going on and felt so awful for that little girl. it's really strange for me to look back on it now and realize how much of it i did understand. my son is that age right now and i assume he doesn't understand alot of things he hears adults talking about but i can remember how clearly i understood the whole situation back then. i guess as the years go by, we forget just how smart we really were as little kids. i never knew that little girl but i can't tell you how many times i have thought about her throughout my life.
ooo

London, KY

#44 Apr 15, 2009
do you remember what her father's name was?
ooo

London, KY

#45 Apr 15, 2009
also, do you remember if it was late summer when it happened. i keep thinking it was right before school was supposed to start so it would have been late july or early august.
Sad

Somerset, KY

#46 Apr 16, 2009
Who were these people that did that, how long did they stay in prison or when did they get out? Are they living around here now?
old eastcorbinite

United States

#47 Apr 17, 2009
matt halcomb was the man that got killed witth his little daughter. he retireed from phone company remember some of the boys they did very little time. dont want to na names but some are still on the street. one of them is dead i know.the girl killed on the strip job was killed because of what she knew about a robbery.alot of those people are dead.the halcommb man had minnow ponds in front of his house. alot of bad stuff went on back then.
former hound

Montgomery, AL

#48 Apr 30, 2009
This is what was told to me by Glenn Parks about the Inman murder in 1975: It happened in the late 1960's. She was a teacher/librarian, it was around Christmas time. She was stabbed multiple times. She actually lived where the unemployment office is now, right next to the bridge. She had befriended some people who run the half-way house, which was down the street near where the library is now and knew some of "half-way inmates". The police always felt that it was one of those men that killed her looking for some money. She apparently knew the person because she opened the door for them. It would have taken more than a young girl to have done this. I know that there were numerous articles in the Corbin paper about this and that the police department has actual crime scene pictures on file. As of the late 70's the case remained unsolved. I do not know of it being solved.I was in Glenn Parks class when he told this story. I was 12 years old. He worked for WCTT radio at the time and had done the news reports for them.
If anyone knows about a book that was mentioned in an above post, please give some information. This murder has interested me for years.
former hound

Montgomery, AL

#49 Apr 30, 2009
As for the RC Thomas murder, he gave an interview to a newspaper sometime in the 80's after his incarseration.
His account was that he had been doing drugs since graduating from High School (1977). The drugs were laced with "angel dust". He began hallucinating that a robber was trying to get him and kill him. The "robber" turned out to be his mother. There was apparently a chain saw on the porch and he actually decapitated her. But I understand his Aunt had tried to stop him, he injured her but she was able to get to a neighbor and call for help. There was no mention of a child being killed. But I do vaguely remember hearing of a child out in the front lawn.
This discussion is also in the "CHS deceased Alumni" thread. Apparently someone thought he had killed himself, but as far as I know he is still "institutionalized" and will be for life.
Please don't do drugs. This tragedy is beyond words and its all because of drugs.
former hound

Montgomery, AL

#50 Apr 30, 2009
Who wrote:
Just remembered another bad one. Does anyone remember the car wreck at malfunction junction before there were lights. Was a volkswagon bug and had two girls in it and they got hit by a tractor/trailer and it caught on fire. That made me feel awful when I heard that. I don't mean to hurt anyone by asking, just curious. I was young and never knew who these people were.
This accident involved the Felts girls, Regina & Cindy ages 15 & 16 (or 16 & 17). Their parents had just given them that car, and of course the tragedy occured. I was in 6 or 7 th grade. I remember Regina coming to our school talent show to play guitar. What a terrible tragedy. I don't remeber their parents name. But Cindy dated Steve Barton, the physical therapist in high school.
oldeastcorbinnit e

Helmetta, NJ

#51 Apr 30, 2009
about mrs inman you moust have misunderstood glenn parks. mrs inman lived on master st. where the old unemployment office used to be. the neighbor lived next door .the old man was a barber cut hair in his house. his daughter was in on a visit from istitution she was a big woman. i remember it well.
rememeber

Louisville, KY

#52 Apr 30, 2009
former hound wrote:
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This accident involved the Felts girls, Regina & Cindy ages 15 & 16 (or 16 & 17). Their parents had just given them that car, and of course the tragedy occured. I was in 6 or 7 th grade. I remember Regina coming to our school talent show to play guitar. What a terrible tragedy. I don't remeber their parents name. But Cindy dated Steve Barton, the physical therapist in high school.
There parents own felts music place. I remember it well also. They pulled in front of a log truck and he couldnt stop. Happened in keavy. Always was told that the man who hit them never really got over it.
former hound

Montgomery, AL

#53 Apr 30, 2009
oldeastcorbinnite wrote:
about mrs inman you moust have misunderstood glenn parks. mrs inman lived on master st. where the old unemployment office used to be. the neighbor lived next door .the old man was a barber cut hair in his house. his daughter was in on a visit from istitution she was a big woman. i remember it well.
So do you know if there is a book? Was the case solved? Is Master street where the post office & library are now, near the football field? I haven't lived in Corbin in 19 years.
oldeastcorbinnit e

Helmetta, NJ

#54 Apr 30, 2009
dont know about book.master street big street going to tradamart mcdonalds and all of that. used to be house where social security office used to be.thats where mrs inman lived i went to east ward when it happened was in school when they found her.
former hound

Montgomery, AL

#55 Apr 30, 2009
oldeastcorbinnite wrote:
dont know about book.master street big street going to tradamart mcdonalds and all of that. used to be house where social security office used to be.thats where mrs inman lived i went to east ward when it happened was in school when they found her.
You are right, I just called my mom. She remembered the case. The Inman woman had a green house behind her house. I was thinking of the Unemployment Office, not the SSN Office. So then it couldn't have been someone from the halfway house, unless she did volunteer work there or something. My mom remembers the daughter who lived next door, but there was also a man who lived up somewhere around Engineer Street (?) that was also questioned. Maybe the last name could have been Bowling or something. Does this ring any bells? It was the most grusome murder Corbin had ever seen at the time. Mom said people in Corbin were so scared after this that they sold out of locks at every store. Interesting.
oldeastcorbinnit e

Helmetta, NJ

#56 Apr 30, 2009
dont know about man on engineer st i lived onbeatty ave. i think that there was someone who just got out of prison that lived on caldwell st that was questioned. i was fourth or fith grade. mr gibbs and ithink maybe mrs harris who taught at east ward found her. it was the worst murder i heard of around corbin. especially for the 60s corbin was so small then every one knew everyone else.they never release much about it lacy martin probably only police officer still living would know anything.

Since: May 09

Bloomington, IN

#57 May 1, 2009
There was a story about the Inman murder in Corbin High School's Paw's Print back in 2002 or 2003, interviewed some of the teachers in the building who knew her and knew of the murder. Don't know where you can find that now though.
wondering

Carrie, KY

#58 May 1, 2009
Does anyone know anything about the Frost murder in the early 80's I think she was a teacher at Gray.I think someone brock in and murdered her.
I remember

Barbourville, KY

#59 May 6, 2009
Miss Inman was also the 7th grade teacher at East Ward Elem in the 50's. I had her as a teacher. She was killed in 1966.
GMc

Mansfield, OH

#60 Jan 5, 2010
Flora Inman was the teacher who was murdered. She was the seventh grade teacher at East Ward and also the librarian. She was one of the best teachers I ever had. I heard that the person who killed her was a young woman with mental problems, also that there was no trial.

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